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Kathleen

COUPEVILLE, WA, USA | Member Since 2000

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  • 12 purchased in 2014
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  • Songs Without Words

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Ann Packer
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (3)

    Liz and Sarabeth were childhood neighbors, brought as close as sisters by the suicide of Sarabeth's mother when the girls were just 16. In the decades that followed - through Liz's marriage and Sarabeth's attempts to make a happy life for herself - their relationship remained a source of continuity and strength. But when Liz's adolescent daughter enters dangerous waters that threaten to engulf the family, the fault lines in the women's friendship are revealed.

    Dianne says: "Depression dissected"
    "Dull"
    Overall

    Not just dull -- I also wanted to like these characters and their fabulous homes and lives. But, I just wanted to smack all of them by the time I was done with the book -- in the end, they were all boringly narcissistic.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Lesson Before Dying

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Ernest J. Gaines
    • Narrated By Lionel Mark Smith, Roger Guenveur Smith
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (40)

    Jefferson is an innocent and unwitting party to a deadly liquor store shoot-out in the 1940s. As the only survivor, he is tried and convicted of murder and sentenced to death. Grant Wiggins, a university-trained teacher at the plantation school, is persuaded to visit Jefferson in his cell. Wiggins is torn between staying in his native Cajun community or moving on. The 2 men gradually form a bond as they jointly discover the simple heroism of resisting - and denying - the expected.

    James says: "Just like the old Sears radio hour"
    "Wonderful narration!"
    Overall

    The narrator(s) brought the characters emotionally alive and unambiguous. The story is wonderfully written -- tightly woven but the author takes his time so you can get to know the characters. I look for more from this team.

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful

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